This is Casa
Batllo in Barcelona, Spain. The facade is made of local
sandstone covered with colourful Catalan mosaic. Gaudi, one of the
first recyclers, used rejected and imperfect tiles from other
projects for Casa Batllo. He hated straight lines preferring
organic, nonlinear patterns just like today’s natural builders.
The alcove is one of
Alexander's patterns No. 179. He recommends making small
places at the edge of any common room just large enough for two
people to sit, chat, or play… but Gaudi knew that already!